'Once' to launch national tour in 2013
For a show that’s all about “Falling Slowly,” Once sure is rising quickly. With 11 Tony Award nominations (the most of any show this season) under its belt, the movie-turned-musical is taking the next logical step by hitting the road with its first U.S. tour, slated to kick off in summer 2013, according to a producers’ announcement Monday.
Based on the 2006 Oscar-winning film (and featuring the same music by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova), Once tells the romantic story of an Irish musician and a Czech flower seller who fall in love in Dublin. The Broadway production opened on March 18, 2012, and received Tony nominations in almost every major category (including Best Musical).
No dates or tour stops have been announced yet, but it’s worth noting that Once is the first of this year’s crop of new musicals to announce a national tour.